Teachers’ experiences with immigrant children in Czech elementary schools

Authors

LEIX Alicja Ewa ZÁLESKÁ Klára

Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Human affairs
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Citation
WWW https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/humaff.2017.27.issue-1/humaff-2017-0004/humaff-2017-0004.xml?format=INT
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2017-0004
Field Pedagogy and education
Keywords teachers; immigrant children; elementary school; integration of immigrants; attitudes; ethnic stereotypes; the Czech Republic
Description The paper deals with Czech teachers’ experiences of teaching immigrant children in Czech schools at the primary and lower secondary level. Upon introducing the theoretical context the paper presents the results of empirical research based on semi-structured interviews with teachers. The survey demonstrates teachers’ attitudes to the current state of integration of immigrant children and the extent to which they are prepared for teaching this group of children. Teachers have a wide variety of opinion on different measures for improving the education of immigrants. Their attitudes towards immigrant children are largely influenced by the amount of previous experience with teaching immigrant children. An individualized teacher approach to immigrants plays an essential role in the successful integration of immigrant children in schools, as do the quality of interaction with immigrant parents, the similarity of the immigrant family culture to Czech culture and the range of measures designed to improve integration.
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